Ways insecticides work

Winter is a time of planning for gardeners. I decided during the deep, dark days of the dead of winter to take inventory of my fertilizers and pesticides. That got me thinking about some of the different insecticides and how they work. Chemical insecticides have been around a long time. Fortunately, modern chemistry has eliminated … Continue Reading →

Jade plant flowering

One of our jade plants has started blooming this week. Anyone with a jade plant knows this is fairly uncommon. I have had a few jade plants through the years that produced flowers but not very many. So whenever it happens, I get a little excited about it. There seems to be no way of … Continue Reading →

Best-tasting potato

I just finished digging the last of our potatoes this week. They were growing in a well-drained, sandy area so I was able to let them sit there in the ground for a few weeks after the vines died down. Since I couldn’t get to them right away, leaving them right where they were was … Continue Reading →

Near-organic apples

Regular readers of this blog know that in the past, I’ve written about the idea of growing “near-organic” apples. With the near-organic method, you spray as little as three times early in the season when the apples are still very small — starting when they first begin to grow. Then two more sprays are applied … Continue Reading →